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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 21, 2009 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is what we do valuable?

Yep, I think that the value is increased in proportion to the distributional mass we invest in...ie, those that are exposed, willing, or sometimes just blindly when not so willing (but converts...?...we can hope?), is defn an important aspect.

I just wondered if someone, independently speaking, would say, "whoaa, the kids should take good care of this because it represents a nice investment" (I dunno...on eBay?...that sounds so crass, but you get the idea).

Also, just wondering how many of "us" there might be since if there are only one thousand of us, that would be one thing, but if one million, altogether different...

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 21, 2009 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is what we do valuable?

i don't know, at the end of the day, it's all just yet another material possession; if it survives my transition to the next hemisphere, all the better; if not, no worries

take for example the GD/JGB shows i have, and the three sites that have contributed greatly to my archive: bt.etree, Lossless Legs, and the LMA; now, several (or few or many) years down the road, what becomes of those sites when the original creators/owners are otherwise not around (for whatever reason), will someone, some enthusiastic soul from a younger generation of "dead heads" be bequeathed the responsibility to carry the torch so to speak? to carry on the mission of those sites, in keeping the archive of live GD music alive, spreading the music, keeping the spirit of what being a "dead head" means alive?

in other words, will those future archivists have the same necessary feel and emotional and memory attachment that those who were 'there' have? enough so to preserve these historical documents? or will it all just wither away?

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jan 22, 2009 12:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is what we do valuable?

When I spotted the subject of your post, I thought, "oh good, another thought-provoking thread on the inestimable value of the forum by Mr Tell". However, I see the topic is more focused on the value of the music, which reminded me of something I read recently, the wit and wisdom of Keith Richards which might be apropos...or was it Cliff Richard?...no matter...thought it was worth some space...

"There is a “spiritual value” to the art of music which, in a special way, is called to infuse hope into the human soul, marked and sometimes injured by its earthly condition.

There is a profound and mysterious relationship between music and hope, between song and eternal life. But true art is not foreign to everyday reality, rather it calls us to 'irrigate' that reality, to make it sprout that it may bring forth fruits of goodness and peace.

Music, in fact, has a far greater value because it reminds us furthermore of the value and the universal importance of artistic heritage. It is of particular value to the young, who can draw new inspiration from such heritage in order to build a world founded on justice and solidarity, putting the multiform expressions of world culture to good account at the service of mankind".

Keep on irrigatin'

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 22, 2009 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is what we do valuable?

Yeah, a little devious of me, huh? I knew that title would have folks interested a little bit...

But, I suppose pure monetary value has some modest validity.

Liked your post, FYI.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Jan 21, 2009 7:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is what we do valuable?

I thought my cassette collection of some 400 shows was worth the price of the blank tapes they were put on... but eBay and the Grateful Dead have some lawyers that think otherwise.